Lawmakers outraged over another military sex case

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:18 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:19 a.m.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a joint news conference at the Pentagon. A soldier assigned to coordinate a sexual assault prevention program in Texas is under investigation for “abusive sexual contact” and other alleged misconduct and has been suspended from his duties, the Army announced Tuesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said after Tuesday’s announcement that Hagel is angry and disappointed at “these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply.”  (AP PHOTO)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a joint news conference at the Pentagon. A soldier assigned to coordinate a sexual assault prevention program in Texas is under investigation for “abusive sexual contact” and other alleged misconduct and has been suspended from his duties, the Army announced Tuesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said after Tuesday’s announcement that Hagel is angry and disappointed at “these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply.” (AP PHOTO)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers say they’re outraged that for the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

The back-to-back cases highlight a problem that is drawing increased scrutiny in Congress. Lawmakers say it’s time for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to get tough.


A spokesman said Hagel is directing all the services to retrain, re-credential and rescreen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters.

The Army said Tuesday a sergeant first class at Fort Hood, Texas, was accused of abusive sexual contact and other actions.

Last week an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was arrested on charges of groping a woman in a Northern Virginia parking lot.

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